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Hidden treasure of the seed

There are many hidden treasures in a food garden. For me, one of the doorways to finding them is through contemplation, sitting time with no physical garden activity.

Contemplation time is important for building a relationship to your garden sanctuary. You get to observe in slow way and appreciate the diverse beauty evolving each day.

There is an energetic transfer between all living things in the garden during this time of contemplation. The plants respond to this energy… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on July 19, 2009 at 7:12 — 3 Comments

This time some photos

Subtropical edible shade garden down the south-east side of the house

Bananas, pawpaws, turmeric, ginger, galangal, coffee, passionfruit. My baby taro died - need to try again.

Big tall ladyfingers- the others are all dwarf bananas

Growing potatoes

New potato trench under the clothesline…


Added by Scarlett on July 17, 2009 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Still harvesting Autumn crops

Reading others' blogs and posts made me feel really slack! Apart from maintenance, I haven't put in new seedlings or seeds (excepting beans) - but am still enjoying the fruits of my previous labours! The heaviest croppers are tomatoes:

I harvest this amount every 2 or 3 days! The vines are starting to look a bit naked as my dad picks all the dead leaves off, but still bearing well.

I intend to leave 3 plants… Continue

Added by Addy on July 15, 2009 at 15:07 — 4 Comments

Lots of activity

I'll have to add photos later - for now I am only words

I pulled out our pumpkins because I want the space they had consumed. The vines have filled our compost bin. The banana pawpaw circle is groaning with banana stems plus the dead wattle tree from out the front, so it's no use for the moment.

I would like to have left the pumpkins in (soon this infernal cold will pass and they would have 'gone off', they have so many babies attempting to set all the time).

I… Continue

Added by Scarlett on July 12, 2009 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Koalas existence is threatened in S.E. Qld - info and petition

Maybe not exactly garden-related but many of us will be keen conservationists.

Received a note from the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association via the CREEC mailing list. CREEC is Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre at Burpengary

The Redlands Council is concerned about the rate of tree-clearing in their area and the consequent threat to Koalas. The website… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 29, 2009 at 14:19 — 1 Comment

Quick one from me

I've taken the Backyarders group down. The backyarders forum was basically duplicating the general forum which seemed unecessarily confusing.People were having trouble finding discussions too, and the search functions on the general forum are much better. So Donna and I copied them over - but now all the links to the people who actually posted the comments are gone. Sorry about that.

I've put my tomato bags back on - I'm not getting… Continue

Added by Scarlett on June 24, 2009 at 20:55 — 4 Comments

Garden renovation in progress

Have noticed that I’ve managed to post one blog each month in the past few months :) Yay~ Well, it’s time for another ~

I haven’t really got anything going at the moment growing wise, as anything that I’ve planted were either destroyed by the chooks, drown in the heavy rain, or stunned by the cold weather. Oh well ~

On the up side, we’ve been getting eggs, and occasionally paw paws and passionfruit! My mum reckons a couple of the largish paw paws have disappeared while still green… I… Continue

Added by Florence on June 20, 2009 at 21:43 — 6 Comments

Lots of seedlings from the rain

It's been the wettest May on record apparently, or something like that.

Heaps of seeds have germinated, which is a good thing because the grasshoppers are really giving my seedlings a hard time.

The dill is finally up.

The celery is going well - I feel confident it will make it to full size now - once the seedlings start to fill out like this I stop crossing my fingers so hard.…


Added by Scarlett on June 3, 2009 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

A busy weekend

Lots of garden activity for us this weekend.

I've bought a guava, a mandarin, two tropical pears (to be pruned small and to increase fruit set), and a persimmon, mostly on impulse. It's funny I used to plan other people's gardens for a living and can't bear to plan my own ;)

So we're rearranging this side of the yard. I'll underplant with pit pit, comfrey, nasturtiums, sweet… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 24, 2009 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Autumn harvest

The wired frame for my tomato plants collapsed today and had to be rebuilt. Too much weight - loaded with tomatoes! As usual, I've been too greedy and not spaced out the seedlings properly.

The experimental upside-down tomato plant is also fruiting, but not as well as the ones in the ground. Under the tomato basket, I've lined a trench with comfrey leaves and will put in a few potatoes.…


Added by Addy on May 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 12 Comments

Hello little pumpkin

Ooh how exciting - we have our first dear little potkin. I think it's a Red Leicester. I think it came from Green Harvest (via my friend Jen). Unfortunately it's not going to be any good for seed saving as I have about 5 varieties all flowering in the garden at the same time. Sorry.

I'm very pleased with this variety though as there are lots coming and it's a very good size for adding to family meals without having to base the whole… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 17, 2009 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Getting into the rhythm of things

It looks like I might finally be getting the hang of this gardening thing. I've been consciously trying to plant something every week and keeping a planting diary and it's paying off. Soon I will have a continuous carrot supply to go with the beans which are still producing slowly which is great! They taste soooo much better than the ones from the shops. I've just harvested another two pumpkins off the vine and it looks as if there are more on the way, provided they don't get trimmed any more… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on May 16, 2009 at 11:22 — 3 Comments

Our first egg!!!

Our chooks have finally laid their first egg!!!

We’ve got 4 chooks raised from chicks, two are Leghorns, one Australorp, and one Araucana. The Leghorns and the Australorp are about 25 to 26 weeks old, and the Araucana’s 23 weeks. We’ve been eagerly checking for eggs since 6 weeks ago!!

Ingham, Pen Pen, Freya, Marshmallow

We suspect the layer is the bigger leghorn, Ingham. She’s been pacing in and out of the coop and jumping up and down into the sleeping and nesting… Continue

Added by Florence on May 14, 2009 at 21:56 — 3 Comments

Seedlings are up; chickens are being ruthlessly excluded

Actually they were out for hours on Monday and they didn't go into the vegie garden at all. I'm crossing my fingers that they may have got the 'stay out of the vegie garden or you go straight back into your yard' message. At least for a minute.

Consequently, the latest lot of seedlings have germinated and are still in their places. You can see that they are quite happy to push their way through the thin scattering of sugar cane… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 5, 2009 at 21:03 — 5 Comments

My new secret weapon is very exciting

Wow - I think this could be the beginning of a new age: I bought a pump for our watering tank. It is extremely exciting to think about using the hose any time I want instead of carting watering cans. It really has restricted the frequency and amount of water I put on the garden. This should hopefully give me some impetus to really get this garden moving. Hooray. Now I just need to rig it up...Could take a weekend or ten, what with everything else going on (as usual).…


Added by Scarlett on April 24, 2009 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Gardening Expo + ID needed

I had my wisdom teeth taken out so had the whole of last week off on sick leave, of course people don’t usually stay home during their sick leave judging from my previous experience in retail ^^” So I was able to go to the show on Friday, mind you though it was the first place I went after I recovered :P

I got there about 10:25am, so just made it to Jerry Coleby-Williams 10:30am program on Survival Food Growing. You can find a factsheet on what he talked about here… Continue

Added by Florence on April 20, 2009 at 23:00 — 10 Comments

Not very glamorous

Oh dear, I wish I was more organised. Or retired. Or a stay-at-home mother. Or something - anything that means I could spend heaps more time or money in the garden :)

I had forgotten that I am meant to be doing the garden visit thing this month until Chris reminded me. So my edges aren't neat, my succession planting is shot (the chickens have gotten into the garden and scraped out two lots of new seedlings in the last month) and my… Continue

Added by Scarlett on April 18, 2009 at 18:39 — 3 Comments

Death of a mango tree - taking stock...

Lovely lovely rains last week softened the ground so much that the dead mango tree (what was left of it) fell over onto my raised bed. Luckily I had just pulled out the snake beans and most of the basil, in readiness for sowing brassicas. A few weeks ago we pulled out the Hills Hoist and planted a soursop in its place!

While I had the camera out, decided to take stock of all the recent plantings, as well as existing trees etc....

First, the… Continue

Added by Addy on April 11, 2009 at 22:47 — 10 Comments

More autumn gardening

I'm certainly loving all this rain! I haven't had to water my garden in over a week and the raintank has remained full. Just when I was thinking this morning that I should water my garden along comes another shower. I've just started a week of holidays from uni so I'm definitely looking forward to getting into the garden. Today I did a bit of weeding before the rain came. That horrible grass just loves to populate my vegie patch. It was good to see some decent fat and juicy sized worms in the… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on April 10, 2009 at 13:05 — 4 Comments

From suburban backyard to vege garden

Our dream is to be self sufficient with our own veges.

We started a couple of years ago by clearing all the golden palms from the side, and building 2 brick raised beds to enclose a paved patio. In went my favourite herbs - chillies, galangal, mint, Vietnamese mint, pandan. Then an L shaped vege bed next to the fence - bought topsoil to fill it - duhhh, dense and turned to mud when wet! - and struggled to grow Chinese cabbage, bokchoy. Cucumber on a trellis didn't do too badly, and… Continue

Added by Addy on April 3, 2009 at 20:10 — 7 Comments

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